surface bargaining
 n.— «Despite the union vote by the plant’s largely Guatemalan immigrant workers, Case Farms has resorted to what is called “surface bargaining,” in which they pretend to bargain, but actually just waste time with low-ball offers and attempt to discourage the workers and undermine the union.» —“Striking poultry workers: “Change is coming”” by Bruce Bostick People’s Weekly World Dec. 9, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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